“Welcome to country. My country, Australia — Gondwanaland, and specifically — my Aboriginal country.”
“DAOwnunder” is about Aboriginal-Australia — with the emphasis on the Aboriginal — culture, life-style, current issues, and politics; traditional and/or contemporary.
My emphasis is to attempt to highlight, name and demonstrate, that cultural difference is fundamental to why the “gap” exists between ‘us’ and ‘them’ — and in my view — why such a cultural “gap” needs to remain in order to maintain Aboriginal difference in a healthy, helpful, and respectful state of co-existence and complementation to that of the mainstream. Sort of a ‘yin yang’ thing, one needs the other to maintain the balance.
And of course we all know that “race and culture” are different sides of the human coin, and are often confused in the debates that ensure. My own cultural bias leans much towards Aboriginal-indigenous, as opposed to humanism/consumerism and the dominant economic-centred world-view, hence the reason for this site, as a vehicle to express what is happening to Aboriginal Culture, and its embodied representatives, the Aboriginals in Australia.
Hopefully, that helps to explain some of where I’m coming from.
At this point, allow me to introduce my Ancestors (heritage), as way of establishing my hereditary bona fides.
My Grandfather, Edward Charles Lindner, was 3rd generation Anglo-Australian; Jack Akbar, Afghan-Muslim, and Lali (Jack’s wife), Aboriginal (Wangkathaa, or Wongutha) + Irish (the Irish only suspected from later research undertaken).
Given such a mixture, it becomes obvious that it is somewhat hard for someone such as I to have racial preference or bias, so racism is not the name of my game, neither is blame, so don’t even go there.
Photo taken of 10th Battalion (reinforcements) before shipping-out to Gallipoli, 1915.
The figure highlighted is my paternal Grandfather, 26 yo, who was shot and died a few months after this photo was taken.
I have worked in Aboriginal, community, and human services for more than 25 years.